Thursday 10, March 2016

Dubai – MENA Herald: Established in 2013, Tanween – Tashkeel’s design product label – is now in its third year of supporting UAE-based designers to develop and display work on an international platform. The designers will present a range of products that work towards defining a production process, design and aesthetic that responds to the Emirates, at the Tashkeel booth (G08), during Design Days Dubai.

Having recently completed Tanween, architect and engineer Amer Aldour, furniture designers Studio MUJU and jewellery designer Zuleika Penniman will present limited edition products inspired by and which define a design thematic that is innate to their environment, the UAE.

“We are so pleased with the response received for the submissions of Tanween’s third edition,” says Jill Hoyle, Manager at Tashkeel. “The Programme has not only over the years, but has also been enhanced in areas of research and production to ensure all the designers’ needs and requirements are met.”

Amer Aldour was trained in Architecture and Engineering, before developing further interest in exploring the interface between technological innovations and architectural space. He recently established his own interactive design studio in Dubai (inter | act architecture), which examines possibilities of engaging people with their physical surroundings through the creation and deployment of technologically driven responsive installations. Amer also has special interest in experimenting with new techniques of production and prototyping including 3D printing and CNC fabrication, and their application contemporary design

Studio MUJU are Mentalla Said and Jumana Taha who joined forces two years ago, after they developed a close professional relationship collaborating on multiple large-scale interior design projects. Both designers are dedicated to exploring various material processes, and enjoy infusing a sense of quirky playfulness into their product and furniture designs. They designed and manufactured a chair for the organisation ‘Surge for Water’, which was auctioned to support the charity. The designers have lived in the UAE for a combined 28 years, and are passionate about using local materials and resources to inspire and create bespoke furniture pieces. Studio MUJU looks forward to expanding its product portfolio and to developing a unique design aesthetic within the realm of furniture design.

Lebanese-American jewellery designer Zuleika Penniman, marries vivid audacity with graceful fragility in her work. Driven by the potential of using design to empower people as much as spaces, her work spans a range of scales and futuristic jewels. At the very centre of Zuleika’s work philosophy is a profound respect for materials and process; one that builds on what has passed while looking forward. Since graduating from Central Saint Martins, she has worked both independently and with international fashion brands. Zuleika is currently based between London and Dubai.

“Through the results of this year’s Programme, Tashkeel is proud to have been a part of these designers’ process, and we would like to thank the team at ‘Small is Beautiful’, for their continued support in providing the designers with exclusive mentorships, and the Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC), who are raising the profile of the Emirates as a global design destination,” says Jill Hoyle.